M.Sc. in Maritime Affairs, Ph.D. in Maritime Affairs, Various short and longer (diploma) courses.
Format: Campus, Online
The World Maritime University (WMU), in Malmö, Sweden, is a postgraduate maritime university under the United Nations, founded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 1983 as its premier institution for maritime postgraduate education, research, and capacity building. WMU;
• contributes to maritime capacity building and the development of effective policies for the global maritime community;
• helps build a sustainable world through maritime education and research in the maritime sector;
• educates future global maritime leaders, experts and professionals;
• provides a forum for international collaboration on maritime transportation.
To date 3,477 graduates from 164 countries have been awarded WMU degrees, postgraduate diplomas and certificates. The majority, 3,085 graduates, have been awarded the degree of Master of Science.
The M.Sc. program in Maritime Affairs provided in Malmö, Sweden, responds directly to the needs of the maritime industry, equipping graduates with the skills necessary for a successful career. The program is offered in 6 specializations:
• Shipping Management & Logistics;
• Port Management;
• Maritime Safety and Environmental Administration;
• Maritime Law and Policy;
• Marine Environmental & Ocean Management;
• Maritime Education and Training.
The standard 14-month program runs from September each year, and consists of 90 ECTS degree credits. Candidates who have already completed a postgraduate program elsewhere may be granted advanced standing, exempting them from the first term and enrol in January.
The resident academic staff is supplemented by around 100 Visiting Professors each year, who are internationally renowned academic or professional experts. They bring state-of-the-art practice and expertise into the classroom, opening a window to the modern maritime world.
International study trips:
MSc students also follow a programme of field studies - which are an integral part of the programme - at various locations in Europe and Asia, providing valuable insight into the application of theoretical studies and professional practices in a wide range of host organisations. Students visit a variety of companies, ports, administrations and institutions to study the most advanced technologies and practices in the maritime field.
Students also have a unique opportunity to meet and interact with world-class maritime experts at our international conferences and Professional Development Courses (PDCs) that are offered each year in Malmö on contemporary topics impacting the maritime sector.
Also a Ph.D. program is offered: It is a research degree related to the IMO mission of safety, security, and environmental protection. The program consists of 240 ECTS credits, requires 3-6 years on a full- or part-time basis. Candidates who have completed part of a doctoral program elsewhere may be granted advanced standing, in which case the minimum permissible period of enrolment includes registration, one progression seminar, and the dissertation (120 ECTS credits), and requires a minimum of 12 months. The Ph.D. tuition is a credit-based university fee, includes supervision, access to the library and research laboratories, and IT support. An approved research proposal earns 20 ECTS credits, successful completion of 4 progression seminars, each earn 40 ECTS credits, successful defence of a dissertation earns 60 ECTS credits.
Our graduates are:
• equipped with the knowledge and skills to enable them to fulfil successfully their national and international responsibilities for effective maritime development
• fully aware of maritime operations in general, as well as of their chosen specialization
• sensitive to the general objectives of the United Nations and the particular aims of IMO
• sufficiently flexible to adapt to a variety of roles in the maritime field
• able to operate comfortably in an international and multi-cultural environment
• fluent in the English language, and able to communicate skilfully
• skilled in problem solving, critical analysis and independent endeavour
The alumni maintain close links both with the University as well as among themselves, furthering IMO’s objectives of encouraging and facilitating the highest practicable standards in maritime safety and the prevention and control of pollution of the marine environment. Many of our graduates hold senior positions in maritime education, as heads of institutions or as professors. Others hold key posts in governments, maritime administrations, ports and shipping companies, or represent their governments in a range of capacities, enabling them to influence and direct policy in their countries and regions. WMU graduates are also increasingly called upon to contribute to international maritime forums, including IMO.
WMU is a university under the UN, founded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Furthermore WMU is member of UNESCO International Association of Universities (IAU), European University Association (EUA), US Council of Graduate Schools.
The minimum general entrance requirements are:
• a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, or an equivalent university qualification
• the highest grade certificate of competency for unrestricted service as master mariner or chief engineer, or equivalent maritime qualifications
• substantial, directly relevant professional experience
• competence in English language, demonstrated by an internationally recognised standard test
• computer competence (at least the ability to use Microsoft Office)
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International Student Requirements:
Minimum TOEFL: IBT: 61-79/PBT: 500-550 = Enrolment in ESSP required
Minimum IELTS: 5.0-5.5 = Enrolment in ESSP required
Tuition & Financial Aid
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Financial Aid Offered: Yes